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Distorted picture and multi-color words

Our 5 year old mitsubishi WS-55809 warranty expired last month! We just started experiencing a "bowed", distorted picture, which is worse around the edges of the screen than in the middle. Words split into multiple colors - red/green/blue. Same problem for DVD's. It fixes itself sometime, but not for long. The TV cost about $2,500, and the repair estimate is between $400 and $550. Other internet users have said this is a recurring problem. Is it worth fixing?

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  • flynette Nov 10, 2007

    I have exactly the same problem. Any suggestions? Is it a bad circuit board or chip?

    When I go to manual convergence, I am able to only change the horizontal lines. This helps until the TV decides to have a normal picture, and then it becomes distorted until I select "reset to factory settings" (for convergence).


  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2007

    Same time frame (5 yr) and same problem. Sometimes turning the set off and then back on clears the problem for a short time. What was the $400 to $550 estimate going to fix?

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2007

    I have the same problem, Mine was manufactured in Aug 2001.

  • levesque Dec 17, 2007

    I have the same problem my screen looks almost 3d everything is doubled with green and red. Do i need a new board?

  • jazpixs Dec 26, 2007

    experiencing a "bowed", distorted picture, which is worse around the edges of the screen than in the middle. Words split into multiple colors - red/green/blue.

  • Anonymous May 29, 2008

    same problem need help on replacing convergence chips, service tech said thats the problem

    where are they inside tv how do i get started replacing.

  • seattlerod Sep 20, 2008

    I have a bowed picture in the middle and the edges are multi colored.

  • jesspirone Jan 29, 2009

    Same problem however it will no longer fix itself



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My TV is doing the same thing. Is it fixable? Is it something I can fix?

Posted on Oct 19, 2008


We took the back off a few weeks ago. Ran a multimeter over the the fuses.

They tested good. Pushed around on the heat sink. Whala, a real picture!! This worked for a few weeks. Then, back to the same old. So I took the back off again. Pushed on the heat sink (with a board of course) and we are back to a wonderful picture! Looks like we need to resolder the heat sink or convergence chips.

There are some pics towards the bottom of the thread listed below.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007


I've had the bow tie problem for about 9 months on my Mits 55809. For the first couple months it progressively took longer to go away upon startup, but since then has not got worse. The last couple months I've been tapping the top of the cabinet in the middle to make it go away and since then the condition has become less frequent with no ill effects to convergence.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

Ive got the same problem on mine ita a 2001 model and also mine when you turn it on it goes off by itself and wont stay on.also mine has multiple pictures one green and one red almost as if 3d im not sure what it cost to fix it but tvs have come down so much i might just buy a new one. good luck with yours

Posted on Aug 14, 2007

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You need to resolder the convergence chips. This is a very common issue with this line of TVs.'s Mitsubishi forum has detailed posts on how to fix this. Just serach for "55809 convergence" and you should find the info you need.

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